The Truth in Advertising Act has been repealed
— A law that was designed to combat misleading advertising and false advertising has been removed from the books.
The Federal Government has announced that it will no longer be able to pass legislation requiring a company to tell its consumers that its products or services are effective in combating a disease.
It also says that companies will not have to tell consumers whether their advertising is being paid for by the government, the public purse or by a third party.
The Truth in Advertisements Act, which was enacted in 1998, gave the federal government the power to make rules to prevent deceptive advertising.
The act also made it illegal to defraud the government.
The bill was originally meant to be a way to promote Canadian food, but became embroiled in controversies and was dropped after the death of a Nova Scotia dairy farmer.
In an email sent to CBC News, Health Minister Jane Philpott said the government is working to get the act back into effect as quickly as possible.
“This is an important piece of legislation that will have an impact on the lives of Canadians for years to come,” Philpot said.
The act has faced controversy, however.
The law was originally designed to help consumers make informed choices about products and services, including whether they should buy from companies that paid the government for them to be tested.
It was intended to help the public get a better idea of what’s safe and effective.
The government said in a news release last year that the bill was intended “to promote the public health and well-being.”
But the law has been widely criticized for failing to achieve that goal.
In recent years, the government has also taken steps to limit access to medical information, including by banning the distribution of health information from licensed pharmacies.
Last month, the Conservative government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repealed the law in a bid to address concerns about the lack of data about the effectiveness of vaccines.
The bill was later replaced by a new version that included an amendment requiring the federal Government to inform Canadians of research it’s conducting into vaccines.
“We have always maintained that we believe the Truth in Ads Act has played a crucial role in promoting the public’s health,” Phil pott said.
“As part of that, we have committed to ensuring that the Truth and Accuracy in Advertising Code is not included in future legislation.”
The repeal comes as the government’s public health arm, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, faces criticism for not releasing data on the efficacy of vaccines in order to make decisions about whether they are worth investing in.
The agency has said it will continue to collect and report on the results of its research, but will no more reveal how it makes its decisions.
The repeal of the Truth-In-Advertising Act comes amid concerns that the federal Conservatives may be planning to use its power to ban all or part of the federal-provincial-territorial system, which is where many jurisdictions are located.
It comes just days after the Liberal government scrapped a similar bill that would have required provincial-terraced health insurers to reveal the percentage of their revenues that came from the federal taxpayer.
The federal government has long maintained that the new law would have been a big step forward in fighting misleading advertising.
In a news conference last month, Health Affairs Minister Deb Matthews said that while she’s glad to see the repeal of this legislation, it’s not going to stop the federal Conservative government from taking any actions they want to.